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RLI Staff

The Salesian Leadership Institute was founded by Frank & Jane Ryan, and inaugurated during the 2005-2006 academic year, through a partnership between the ► Catholic Leadership Institute (Philadelphia), the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture, and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales at DeSales University. Beginning in 2010, full operation of the Institute was transferred to the Salesian Center.

In 2012 the institute was re-named the Ryan Leadership Institute after its founders.

► click here for a brief History of RLI

The following persons facilitate the operation of this institute.


Fr. Doug Burns, OSFS
Director, Sport & Exercise Science
Leadership Program Facilitator
Telephone: 610.282.1100 ext. 1295

Lore McFadden, PMP
Director of Programs
Salesian Center for Faith & Culture
610.282.1100 x 1244

Bro. Joseph Schodowski, OSFS
Campus Environment
610.282.1100 x1674

Gracia Perilli
Associate Athletic Director
Senior Women's Administrator
610.282.1100 x 1218

Dr. Martin Brett
Sport Management Program
610.282.1100 x 1832


Events Calendar

Heritage Week - Mass for St. Francis de Sales

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 08:00 PM
DeSales University 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA
Connelly Chapel

Heritage Week 2018 kicks off with this special mass celebrating the first Bishop of Geneva, Francis de Sales. Our special guest celebrant will be THE MOST REVEREND ALFRED SCHLERT, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown

This event is FREE and open to the public. NO tickets are required.

Salesian Spirituality